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La finestra papale con vista sulla gioventù

La finestra papale con vista sulla gioventù Il 2 aprile del 2005 davanti al Palazzo dei Vescovi a Cracovia c’era una folla di gente. Tutti pregavano fermi a guardare una grande finestra sopra il portone dell’entrata nel palazzo. La stessa dalla quale Giovanni Paolo II si affacciava per parlare con i giovani che si radunavano, tutte le volte quando veniva a Cracovia e alloggiava nella sua residenza da vescovo. Lo aspettavano in migliaia, pazientemente, a volte fino a notte tarda, sapendo che la finestra prima o poi si sarebbe aperta, ci si sarebbe affacciato il papa e avrebbe dedicato il suo tempo solo a loro. Conducevano dialoghi scherzosi e profondi. Quell’ultima sera, passate le ore 21.37 dalla finestra apparve una croce d’ebano nera. Sopra fu appesa la stola come il Sabato Santo quando essa simboleggia la speranza. In più i fiori e un lumino. Nello stesso momento davanti al Palazzo cominciò a crescere un mare di lumi, accesi dalle persone che in quell’istante si ricordavano i giorni della loro giovinezza.
Durante la prima visita di Giovanni Paolo II in Polonia nel 1979 decine di milliaia di giovani scolpivano delle piccole croci. Le facevano mettendo insieme due listelli. Alcuni goffe, altri rifinite, secondo le capacità di ognuno. L’importante era prepararsi in quel modo a partecipare all’incontro di Giovanni Paolo II con la gioventù.
Il 19 giugno del 1979 intorno al monastero dei paolini in via Skałeczna, popolarmente detto na Skałce, si riunirono circa 30 mila giovani, ognuno con una croce preparata da sé di cui tante vi rimangono custodite quasi da reliquie. Tutti insieme pregavano e aspettavano finché Giovanni Paolo II non completasse il programma della visita per quel giorno. Finalmente arrivò. Mise da parte il discorso preparato prima e cominciò a raccontare delle sue esperienze riguardo i contatti con la gioventù cracoviense.
Nove anni dopo parlava a Westerplatte, dove nel 1939, all’epoca nella Liberà Città di Danzica, un piccolo reparto dei soldati polacchi si difendeva eroicamente dai tedeschi: “Ognuno di voi, giovani amici, incontra nella vita una sua Westerplatte, una dimensione di impegni che vanno assunti ed esauriti, qualche verità giusta per cui non si può non lottare, qualche obbligo, dovere dal quale non si può eludere, non si può disertare. Infine qualche ordine di verità e valori che bisogna mantenere e difendere, come questa Westerplatte. Mantenere e difendere dentro di sé e intorno a sé, difendere per sé e per gli altri”.
In questo modo sapeva comunicare con i giovani, non solamente polacchi. È stato proprio lui a inaugurare nel 1985 le Giornate Mondiali della Gioventù. In quell’occasione ben nove volte incontrava milioni di giovani cattolici ad una specie di festival religioso.
Lo stesso giorno di 2 aprile del 2005, in cui milliaia di persone in pensiero rimanevano davanti alla finestra papale a Cracovia, in Piazza San Pietro a Roma era uguale. La folla dei giovani vegliava fissando le finestre del suo appartamento del Palazzo Apostolico. Giovanni Paolo quando venne a saperlo avrebbe detto: “Io Vi ho cercato Voi siete venuti da me e per questo Vi ringrazio”.

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A Papal Window with a View over the Young People

Crowds of people gathered in front of the Bishop’s Palace in Cracow on 2nd April, 2005. They were all praying but their eyes were fixed on a large window over the entrance gate. This was the same window from where John Paul II spoke to the young people who would gather there each time he came to Cracow, for he always stayed in his former residence, the Bishop’s Palace. Thousands of them would wait patiently, often well into the night, knowing that sooner or later the window would open, the Pope would appear and be there exclusively for them. He had long conversations with them, both humorous and insightful. However, on that particular night in 2005 just after 9.37pm a black, ebony cross appeared in the window. A stole was hung on it, arranged as it always is on Holy Saturday, when it symbolises hope. There were some flowers and the light of a candle. Immediately, a sea of ​​lights started spreading in every direction in front of the palace. They were lit by each and every person who was present, many of whom were recalling their own youth.
During Pope John Paul II’s first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979, tens of thousands of young people carved tiny crosses or made them from wooden slats. Some simple, others elaborate depending on their artistic talent or their skills. However, the most important thing was that it was a way for the young people to prepare before participating in a meeting with Pope John Paul II.
On 19th June, 1979 about 30,000 young people gathered around the Pauline Monastery on the Rock (na Skałce), all holding a cross which they had made themselves. Many of the crosses are still kept as a remembrance, a relic. The people prayed together and waited until Pope John Paul II had completed his programme for that particular day. Finally, he arrived. He put aside a speech previously prepared and began to speak about his experience with young people in Cracow.
Nine years later he spoke at Westerplatte, where, in what was then part of the Free City of Danzig, a small unit of Polish soldiers had heroically defended themselves against the Germans in 1939. – ‘Each of you, young friends, can also find his or her own Westerplatte in life, tasks that you need to do and complete, a just cause for which one cannot but fight, a duty from which you cannot escape or back out. After all, there is some order in the truths and values ​​that must be maintained and defended, as at Westerplatte. Maintained and defended, both within and around yourselves. Defended for both yourselves and others.”
This is how he appealed to young people, and this appeal was not only directed towards the Poles. After all, it was he who initiated the World Youth Festival in 1985 and it was he who met millions of young Catholics at this religious festival, attending it nine times.
On 2nd April, 2005 when thousands of pensive people were standing below the Pope’s window in Cracow, there was a imilar situation in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Crowds of young people were standing in silent prayer, looking at the window of his apartment in the Apostolic Palace. When John Paul heard about it, he was to say: ‘I have been looking for you, now you have come to me. I thank you for this.’ (b)

Information published at 3 May 2011